Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Jason Hess
Hello and welcome to the latest installment of
Houston Wrestling here at Kayfabe Memories.
As I read about this business, one phrase keeps slashing to the
forefront of my mind….”Never say never.”
Just this year, we have seen the return of three men to the WWF who
left on less than stellar terms. Just
this summer we have seen perhaps the most surreal moment in wrestling history
with Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff “hugging” at the top of the Raw
entrance ramp. Truly, for this
author, I can “never” say never in looking at where wrestling is going,
and where it has gone.
In this edition of Houston Wrestling memories, we
will take a look at a “never say never” situation, with a look at what
could be called the last year of “Boesch-based” Houston Wrestling history
as we examine 1988. 1988 would
see the return of Paul Boesch promoting cards in Houston.
Seemingly, happy days were here again…..or were they?
Last month, we took a look at one of the most
controversial years in Houston Wrestling history, 1987.
That year changed everything for longtime fans of Houston Wrestling.
At the start of the year, it was status quo with the stars of the UWF,
but by the end of the year, it was anything but status quo.
Paul Boesch had retired, and seemingly, the “good old days” were
gone forever due to the involvement of the WWF.
While crowds at the Coliseum were fairly strong for the WWF, needless
to say, the atmosphere was very different.
The WWF was shaping up for a shake-up.
1987 was a booming success in large part to the heel turn of Andre The
Giant, and his subsequent match at WrestleMania 3 against Hulk Hogan.
Their match, and their angle after Survivor Series looked to loom large
into 1988. After the contract
signing angle at the January 1988 Royal Rumble, anticipation was building to
the February prime time NBC “Main Event.”
As most readers, know, the shake-up was Andre beating Hogan only to
give the title to Ted DiBiase….because DiBiase had bought the belt.
The angle that saw DiBiase chase Hogan’s WWF title actually began in
Houston, as Hogan’s first match against DiBiase was at the Coliseum.
In Houston, there was a shake-up of sorts as well.
While Coliseum cards were doing decent, there began to be more and more
time in between each card. Back
in 1988, it wasn’t uncommon for the WWF to run a town every other month, to
once every three months. But for
fans in Houston, who were used to weekly or bi-monthly action, the wait was
often grueling. What we didn’t
know was that Paul Boesch was planning to come out of retirement…but not to
promote the WWF.